St Patty’s Irish Soda Bread

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Today is St. Patty’s Day. It’s the wearin’ of the green, the drink’ of the beer and a general celebration of Irish life. We’d like;y to humbly throw our contribution into the mix.

This recipe for Irish Soda Bread is really easy. Even a beginner baker can make it. We use vegan “buttermilk”, which is non-dairy milk curdled with apple cider vinegar. It doesn’t look awesome, but in this bread it tastes great, so please stick with the recipe. You won’t be disappointed!

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Irish Soda Bread is a traditional quick bread made without yeast. In Europe, soda breads began to appear in the mid-19th century when bicarbonate of soda (i.e., baking soda) first became available for use as a raising agent. Soda breads  meant that people who didn’t have an oven—and virtually nobody had an oven then—could make bread. They cooked the bread in  big cast-iron pot with a lid on it that would have been put right onto the fire. The great thing about baking soda is that it wasn’t as perishable as yeast, and it would have been relatively inexpensive.

SodaBread2DH_lrOur recipe for Irish Soda Bread is cross-posted on  Sister Eden. So click on over and whip up a batch today. We love it smeared with jam or jelly, and it’s a perfect way to begin celebrating St. Patrick’s Day!

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